I have some ideas about how to lift some of the underprivileged kids from poverty [“We have a fixation on income inequality,” Opinion, Feb. 4]. We had two young men in our family at different times who were saved by a wonderful program in Highline Public Schools. They both struggled mightily to reach…More
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In response to Jonathan Martin’s post, “Should college athletes be paid for their performance?” [Opinion, Northwest, Oct. 30], I do not think that college student-athletes should get paid for playing on their school’s sports team. I understand the idea that these players are employees, but they should be in school for education. Playing…More
Whether the aim of higher education is to provide vocational skills or to enrich lives through exposure to the arts has been a matter of controversy for decades. A recent letter to the editor proposed incorporating liberal arts into the curriculum of every discipline in an effort to instill in graduates “a full appreciation of…More
Columnist David Brooks has been writing on what constitutes a college education, or perhaps more importantly what is the aim of a college education [“How to become a real person through college,” Opinion, Sept. 9]. It seems to me that in earlier days before and immediately after World War II, the aim was…More
I still remember my University of Washington student number: 7124795. The “71” refers to the year I entered: 1971. I got a bachelor’s degree in Business in 1979 and an M.B.A. in 1981. During my entire course of undergraduate work, tuition never increased. It was $288 a quarter for in-state students. I had a studio apartment in…More
I am writing in outrage at President Obama’s proposal to give “free” money to voluntary debtors [“Prodding Congress, Obama acts to ease student debt,” Nation and World, June 9]. Just like the prior student loan-forgiveness program, it would unilaterally modify contracts between private parties, who have voluntarily agreed to a loan-and-repayment contract. It applies retroactively…More
There has been a lot of talk about the minimum wage, and the cost of attending college [“$15 minimum wage would support a student,” Northwest Voices, May 21]. In 1980, a student could pay for a full year’s tuition at a state college by working around two months at the federal minimum wage…More
Rising cost of tuition leaves students in debt and using the GET program
The rising cost of tuition is forcing more and more families to use the Guaranteed Education Tuition program [“Get this: tuition program no ponzi scheme,” NWWednesday, Dec. 11].
Along with that though is the understanding that the University if Washington is a business and they are looking to squeeze every last dollar from its students. With the rising cost of tuition, the University of Washington has also been accepting more students from out of state or out of country. When will we stop treating the education of the next generation like a business?
A new system of student loans is needed The level of student-loan debt is crippling the generation of Americans that is emerging into adulthood. [“Editorial: Congress must rein in student-loan rates,” Opinion, July 2.] The burden of this debt goes beyond the individual. It has consequences for the future of the country and its economic health….More
Taxes should be raised I appreciate Danny Westneat’s candor in exposing the myth of the self-made man in this country. [“Yes, we paid tuition with summer job,” NW Sunday, June 23.] He has rightly pointed out that his generation and the one before him were able to work their way through college because back then, college…More